Day 41 of retirement

July 27, 2017

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Sunday 23rd July:

After an overnight detour into Sydney after our stay in Canberra, we are now on the start of our yearlong trip around Australia, yay!!

First stop is at our friend Lisa’s place in Lawson, Blue Mountains. Thanks Lisa.

Monday 24th July:

Packed up after Lisa’s great hospitality and off to Katoomba for breakfast in a very nice little café. We ordered, ate and then on the way out the waitress reminded us we hadn’t paid. Ooopppsssss…..

Next stop was Jenolan Caves. We did a tour of one of the caves and it was excellent. We had a very knowledgeable guide who was a bit of a character. Highly recommended.

Then off to Oberon for a night in the Jenolan Caravan Park. We had a very nice cabin that was nice and warm and had TV so Guy could watch the grand final of Masterchef. All good.

Tuesday 26th July:

First stop today was at the Mayfield Gardens 20 minutes out of Oberon. The garden is one of the world’s largest privately owned cool climate garden covering 160 acres (65 hectares).

Eventhough there were no blooms due to winter it was still extremely impressive with all the work that has been done.

Then back on the road to Cowra for a couple of days. Quick visit to the information centre as we are planning our day’s activities tomorrow.

Staying in a very nice cabin on the banks of the Lachlan River and only 5 minutes walk to downtown.

Wednesday 26th July:

A day in Cowra today where we visited the Japanese Gardens, the old Cowra prisoner of war camp site, Cowra war cemetery and the train museum.

The Japanese garden was vey impressive eventhough it was the middle of winter and no blooms.

Cowra was a prisoner of war camp during WWII with many nationalities interned. The Japanese was the largest group here and in the early morning of 5th August 1944, 1,104 prisoners staged a massive suicide breakout. 4 Australian soldiers were killed along with 231 Japanese. 108 Japanese were also wounded. 359 Japanese soldiers managed to escape but were rounded up in a short period of time. Sadly many Japanese soldiers chose to commit suicide.

The train museum was interesting looking at the bygone years of rail travel.

Thursday 25th July

Left Cowra today and made our way to Forbes via Canowindra (Say Con-da-windy, Trev’s version) and Parkes.

At Canowindra we visited the Age Of Fishes Museum. Canowindra has a huge fish fossil deposit that is slowly being exhumed and is discovering some rare ancient fishes.

Then we found this little random museum showcasing the early life in Canowindra. It was a very very interesting place showing how people lived in years gone by. They did it tough.

Parkes for lunch and off to Forbes for two nights. Forbes sightseeing tomorrow.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 


Day 36 of retirement

July 22, 2017

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Sunday 16th July:

Tourists today at the National War Memorial in Canberra. Highlights the futility of war along with the dedication of the men, women and animals that do serve and protect.

If only we could spend part of the money and energy war requires on helping our fellow human beings. Imagine what we could get done……

Monday 17th July:

Off to Parliament House (Old & new) today. We did a guided tour and our guide was excellent in giving us the history of the new building and the goings on within its walls.
Two things we noticed:
There are clocks everywhere & toilets as well.

Wednesday 19th July

First stop today was the National Film & Sound Archive. Interesting place which brought back some old memories from when I was a kid. We watched some old 1950s B&W movies in an old restored movie theater.

The best one was a 1950s movie which showed how mothers can turn house work into a workout routine which will not only get them fit but also help lose a couple of pounds that their husbands will appreciate.…..

It brought a few laughs from the audience, especially Guy.

Next stop was the National Museum. Very very interesting as it took me back to my childhood with some of the displays. See the pics below for some of my flashbacks.

Friday 21st July:

Off to the Royal Australian Mint today. It is a very interesting place to visit and see the history of coins in Australia and then to see them being made (Notes are printed in Melbourne). Well worth a visit if you’re ever in this part of the world.

Saturday 22nd July:

Canberra farewelled us this morning with a “pea soup” blanket of fog and -4C. Had to scrape the ice off the windscreen to get going. Been a very long time since I had to do that.

Leisurely drive back to Sydney. Staying with Jordan overnight and hit the road tomorrow for the start of the road trip.

First stop Lawson to see good friend Lisa.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.

 


Day 29 of retirement

July 15, 2017

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Tuesday 4th July:

We had a Sydney Tourist day today. On arrival in the city we walked to the Sydney Fish Markets for a wander round followed by a seafood lunch.

The food was okay but definitely not masterchef material. But we did enjoy it.

Wednesday 6th July:

We played tourists again today. We made our way into the city and caught the ferry to Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbor. We spent most of the day wandering round the island and its tunnels, reading all about the island’s history.

Monday 10th July:

Packing to hit the road tomorrow and live out of the car for the next year-ish.
The day has gone like this:
Pack, Pack, Pack – Throw out
Pack, Pack – Throw out
Pack – Throw out
Throw out….

Tuesday 11th July:

Laid out all the gears coming with us on our year-long road trip in the garage and it looked like they’re not all going to fit. But after utilizing my jigsaw puzzle skills, it all fitted in the little Mazda 323 and everything was accessible without having to remove stuff to get to any of the gears.

Midday it was off to Canberra. Uneventful trip and arrived at 4:00pm to two grandkids full of beans.

Thursday 13th July:

Tourists today as we all made our way to the Botanical Gardens in Canberra. They have an exhibition for the school holidays that consists of life size Dinosaurs scattered throughout the garden.

It was rather cool but we all rugged up so all had a very pleasant afternoon.

Saturday 15th July:

Total chaos this morning as the gang packed and head off to the airport for a weekend in Melbourne (Engagement party).

Guy and I now have the whole huge house to ourselves till Monday afternoon. It is so quiet…..

Guy and I made our way to downtown Gungahlin and found a nice warm noodle café for lunch. Back home for a relaxing afternoon as it is freezing outside today (10C).

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 


Day 17 of retirement

July 3, 2017

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Wednesday 14th June:

My 4-year project has finally come to an end.

Over the last 4 years I set myself the task of scanning all my old photo album pics so I could finally get rid of the big bulky albums.

*** Task completed….

Friday 16th June:

Day 1 of retirement….
Well yesterday (Friday 16th) at 5:00pm I finished up work with Battery World (going to miss that place) and commenced retirement (Part 2). Guy finishes up next Friday and after a week or two to finalise everything here in Sydney we are off on a road trip round Australia.
On the big trip round we hope to catch-up with a few of you for a cup of tea / Coke. The aim is to spend the next year-ish travelling round AUS then back to the Philippines to build our house and settle into island life. All this is completely flexible so who knows where it will lead us. We are both looking forward to this great new adventure……

Friday 23rd June:

Day 7 of retirement…

Well one week has gone by and I must say that it feels weird. It feels like I am on holidays and I have to go back to work next week.

I’m sure this will pass……

Monday 26th June:

Guy’s first day of retirement. No more work for her, or so she thought. Today we spent the day going through all our clothes and in the end gave away almost as much as we have kept. She also sorted all her photos to give to Jo and Jordan and some for me to scan.
Time for a cup of tea and a lay down…..

Monday 2nd July:

Been a leisurely week. Time spent finalising our departure, doing very little and playing tourists in Sydney.

We made our way back to the Barbeque King’s new restaurant in the city. All very new and the Peking duck is still the best Peking duck in the world.

I have also managed to catch a case of the man flu. But I must admit it is kind of nice to not have to worry about taking sickies from work and being able to just rest up including afternoon naps – siestas, ah…….

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.